Free school meals
Apply for free school meals online if your child is a full-time student who is at school in Wolverhampton.
Parents can also apply on behalf of children receiving full-time education at nursery schools and in sixth form. Students attending sixth form colleges and further education colleges may also qualify for free school meals and will need to apply at their college.
Who is eligible?
You can get free school meals for your child if you or your partner gets any of the following benefits:
- Universal Credit
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers' Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income of £16,190 or less, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs
Apply for free school meals
Please ensure you have details of your National Insurance Number or National Asylum Seekers Support Number to hand. You will only be asked to provide proof of benefit if your eligibility cannot be confirmed.
You can also download an application form [89kb] and return it to:
School Places and Transportation
City of Wolverhampton City Council
St Peter's Square
Alternatively contact your child's school, the Local Authority on 01902 551122 or visit the Civic Centre for more information.
What happens next?
Your application will be processed in approximately 5 working days. We will write to you and to the relevant school(s) to confirm your child(ren)s eligibility to free school meals. Proof of a successful application such as an email or reference number may be accepted by some schools to ensure a child receives a free meal on the same day, but please check with the school.
Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM)
Since September 2014, all children in Reception, Years 1 and 2 have been able to enjoy school meals for free. Parents do not need to register to receive these meals, but your child's school may ask if your child will be taking meals so that they can make the necessary arrangements.
Your child's school may also ask you to provide your National Insurance number and date of birth so we can check your entitlement to receive additional support. For every child that registers for free school meals, schools receive valuable "Pupil Premium" funding from the Government. Even if your child chooses not to eat school meals, we would still encourage you to register.
If you are in receipt of certain benefits, have older children and/or would like to receive free milk for your infant-aged children, you must still register for free school meals. You can apply online (above), in person at your child's school or at the Civic Centre.
Learn more about the school menus that are available.
Telephone: 01902 551122